Council Meeting 14 April 2011

Thu, 2011-04-14 20:03 - 21:04
  • Present: Peter Lieverdink, John Ferlito, Mary Gardiner, Joshua Hesketh, Kelly Yeoh, Michael Carden, 
  • Apologies: Alice Boxhall


  • LCA bid process
    We're in the middle of the formal bid process. Should send reminder  from council announcment in the next few days.
  • Budget progress
    Looking at a draft buget based on last year. Insurance costs have gone up, so budget will need adjusting after querying with broker why volunteers insurance appears to have doubled. 
    • LCA Travel (bid evaluation) probably costs more than $1000
    • Zookeepr is moving into the LA budget
    • Separate SFD item should be rolled into grants
    • Provisionally the budget looks balanced.
  • Drupal Down Under 2011
    Chasing up one last sponsor, so the accounts can be closed and a summary report can be written.
  • Drupal Down Under 2012
    • Venue deposit paid, locked in.
    • Keynotes under discussion.
    • Sponsorship interest.
    • Website design due very soon.
  • WordCamp Melbourne
    • Profit and loss complete
    • Waiting for committee report
  • Progress of 2010 financial audit
    Joshua contacted the auditor, who is still working on the financial documents. Will hopefully be done by the next meeting.
  • 2011 finances
    1st quarter BAS is about ready to submit, with thanks to our accountant.
  • Progress of policy discussion on linux-aus
    Values statement feedback
    • Some members suggest we should also mention 'free' and not just 'open'.
    • Some suggestions are perhaps not suited to a values statement, but rather a policy document.
    • What is our geographic scope? Australia or Australia + NZ?
    • Should we contact NZOSS and ask for input on our values statement?
  • Compliance with Fair Trading documentation
    We have been contacted by fair Trading NSW and have been advised LA has not filed any annual summaries (confirming the AGM was held, and stating the financial position) since the report filed in March 2004 for financial year ending 30 June 2003.
  • Filing of previous years' financial statements
    The current council needs to file documents with Fair Trading NSW for 1 July 2004 onwards.  Mary has found all  treasurer's reports 2004 to 2009, but is yet to check that these contain all the information needed for the Fair Trading form.
  • The committee wants to thank Mary for her work on locating previous financial documents and for researching current document lodgement status with Fair Trading NSW.
  • Questions from PyCon re Diversity
    • Grant for remote attendee
      Yes, this would be the correct procedure.
    • Speaker costs
      Council would prefer for the speaker to be funded out of sponsorship, not out of the grants program re diversity. Should this rather be a change to the budget so less profit is returned?
  • Zookeepr Hackfest
    • John has migrated the project to github to facilitate an easier development process.
    • Hackfest is this weekend in Melbourne.